Nov. 26, 2008
Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Michael Roos has an opportunity of becoming the first former Eastern Washington University football player to be selected to the NFL Pro Bowl, and Eagle football fans can help get him there.
Fan voting is currently taking place at http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot. Fans can watch Roos -- who wears jersey No. 71 and plays left offensive tackle -- on Thanksgiving morning when the 10-1 Titans take on Detroit on CBS at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time.
Roos has started every game in four seasons as a Titan after earning NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America honors and Lineman of the Year accolades as an Eagle senior in 2004. Recently, Paul Zimmerman from Sports Illustrated selected Roos to his mid-season All-Pro team.
Fans may vote for any or all positions on the ballot and can vote as many times as they want. The Pro Bowl takes place Feb. 8, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Roos enters the Thanksgiving Day game having started 59 of 59 regular season games with the Titans, who advanced to the NFL Playoffs in 2007. Coupled with one playoff game and 35 starts to end his EWU career, he has started 95-straight games at left tackle from 2002-2008.
Among the many former Eagles who have played in the NFL, none have ever been invited to the Pro Bowl. However, Kurt Schulz (Buffalo Bills) was an alternate in 2001 and both he and Ed Simmons (Washington Redskins) earned all-division accolades during their 10- and 11-year NFL careers, respectively.
Zimmerman's complete mid-season All-Pro team may be found at:
Michael Roos - Offensive Tackle - 2001-02-03-04
Drafted in the 2nd round (41st pick overall) by Tennessee in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Since becoming a Tennessee Titan, Roos has started 59-consecutive regular season games for Tennessee. In addition to one AFC Playoff game (following the 2007 season and 35 starts to end his EWU career, he has a current streak of 95-straight starts heading into a Thanksgiving Day game between the 10-1 Titans and the Detroit Lions. In November 2008, Roos was selected to the mid-season NFL All-Pro team selected by Sports Illustrated and writer Paul Zimmerman.
Roos returned to the Cheney area on March 10, 2007, to host the Michael Roos Foundation Dinner, Sports Auction and Poker Tournament at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Casino. Proceeds benefited the Michael Roos Foundation, which supports local nonprofit organizations, including the Eagle Athletic Association. The second-annual event took place on March 1, 2008.
In May 2008, Roos signed a six-year, $43 million contract extension with the Titans. Roos helped the Titans go from a 4-12 record as a rookie in 2005 to an 8-8 mark in 2006 as the Titans just missed the playoffs. In 2007, the Titans finished 10-6 and advanced to the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2003. Tennessee won its final three regular season games in 2007, including a 16-10 victory over defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis on the final day of the regular season. Roos started his 96th-consecutive game when the Titans lost in the first round to San Diego on Jan. 6, 2008. Earlier in the season, Roos helped the Titans rush for a club-record 282 yards in a 13-10 win over Jacksonville.
Drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft (41st pick overall), Roos started all 16 games as a rookie at right tackle for the Titans. The following season, Roos moved to left tackle when 13 year-veteran Brad Hopkins retired in the off-season. Roos started all 16 games at left tackle as he helped the Tennessee rushing attack rank third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL with 2,214 rushing yards, while posting a franchise record 4.7-average yards per carry for the season. Roos also helped pave the way for running back Travis Henry to rush for 1,211 yards and Vince Young to become the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to exceed 500 rushing yards.
Said Titans General Manager Floyd Reese at the end of the 2005 season: "He showed the versatility to play both left or right, and very seldom are you going to find a lot of guys like that. That is quite a bill to fill."
Roos became the highest draft choice in school history when Tennessee selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was the 41st selection overall, the third offensive tackle selected and the first FCS player taken. In addition, he was the first Big Sky Conference player selected and the highest since 1989.
At the time he was drafted, Roos had played just six seasons of football, starting as a senior at Mountain View High School in fall 1999. He moved to the United States from Estonia in 1992. He came to Eastern as a tight end, played one season on the defensive line and then started 35-straight Eagle games at left offensive tackle.
As a senior in 2004, he earned five different All-America honors and was the I-AA.Org Lineman of the Year after helping Eastern to a 9-4 record and the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. Roos played in a pair of prestigious college all-star games - the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl - and was also invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.